It is estimated 70 people died of opioid overdoses last year in Waterloo Region alone. Thousands died across the country. A recent statement released by the federal Health Minister declared the opioid crisis is “unlike any other public health crisis we have experienced in recent years.”
And yet, unlike SARS or the bird flu, the opioid crisis hasn’t sparked widespread fear or panic.
Instead, there’s apprehension about the kind of services and facilities this crisis might bring into our neighbourhoods. There’s fear and anger about the dirty needles found littered in parks and on the streets. And some are asking if this isn’t just the sad, but inevitable misfortune that follows a series of bad choices.
Where do you stand?
On February 8th, join GenNext Waterloo Region Communities for an honest and frank discussion about the opioid crisis. How do we really feel about the rising death toll and the community’s response to it?